Racing to Win Derby, Not Set Record

Racing to Win Derby, Not Set Record

When the 20 horses come hustling down the stretch at Churchill Downs on Saturday, none of the jockeys urging them to the wire will have a speed record on their mind.

The Kentucky Derby bills itself, alternately, as "the most exciting two minutes in sports" and "the fastest two minutes in sports." The first assertion is unassailable. But the second one is more complicated, and not just because—thanks to various motorized vehicles—it isn't true.

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